So here’s Redlaw, what I fully expect to be the first in a series of novels about a former policeman turned vampire wrangler. I really set out with this one to create a streamlined, plot-driven tale that doesn’t hang around and gets what needs to be done done in super-quick time. No messing about, no half measures, uncompromising — a bit like John Redlaw himself.
The setting is present-day Britain, where an influx of vampire immigrants from the east is causing civil unrest and political headaches. The vampires, known euphemistically as “Sunless”, have been corralled and caged in inner-city areas, and the job of keeping them under control has fallen to an agency called SHADE, a band of men and women dedicated to preserving peace — or at least non-aggression — between humankind and vampirekind.
This isn’t just a tale of the fanged undead, however. I’ve written it as a satire of contemporary politics and business culture. Not all bloodsuckers shun the sun and drain your veins…
Click here for a preview of the first chapter.
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